Button bridges bracelet

Peanut beads surround a SuperDuo base with Crystaletts buttons adding a hint of sparkle down the center.
Button bridges bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Purple bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 6 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (P15695, opaque gold/smoky topaz; www.beyondbeadery.com)
  • 5 g 2 x 4 mm peanut beads (908, gold luster lavender; www.knotjustbeads.com)
  • 22 3 mm Crystaletts buttons (deep tanzanite in black rhodium bezel; www.etsy.com/ shop/yadasibeads)
  • 2 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 85, metallic iris purple; www.beadaholique.com)
  • toggle clasp (TierraCast)
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

Green bracelet colors

  • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads (P65455, green travertine luster; www.knotjustbeads.com)
  • 2 x 4 mm farfalle beads (453, green iris; www.cbbeads.com)
  • 3 mm Crystaletts buttons (deep tanzanite in black rhodium bezel; www.etsy.com/ shop/yadasibeads)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 85, metallic iris purple; www.beadaholique.com)

INSTRUCTIONS

Button bridges bracelet fig 1
Figure 1

Base

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, pick up two 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads, and sew through the available hole of the second SuperDuo (FIGURE 1, a–b), leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Pick up two SuperDuos, and sew through the available hole of the first SuperDuo from this step (b–c). Sew through all four SuperDuos as shown (c–d), and continue through the available hole of the last SuperDuo added (d–e). 

Button bridges bracelet fig 2
Figure 2

2. Pick up two SuperDuos, and sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo (figure 2, a–b). Sew through the previous two SuperDuos and the two new SuperDuos as shown (b–c), and continue through the available hole of the last SuperDuo added (c–d).

3. Repeat step 2 for the desired length of the base, ending with an even number of SuperDuos along each edge and allowing 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) for the clasp. Do not end the working thread or tail.

Button bridges bracelet fig 3
Figure 3

Clasp

1. With the tail, pick up two 11/0 seed beads, the toggle ring, and two 11/0s, and sew through the bottom hole of the next SuperDuo (FIGURE 3). Retrace the thread path of the clasp connection, and end the tail.

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Figure 4

2. With the working thread, pick up three 11/0s, the toggle bar, and three 11/0s, and sew through the available hole of the next SuperDuo (FIGURE 4). Adjust the number of 11/0s if needed to allow the toggle bar to slide easily through the toggle ring. Retrace the thread path of the clasp connection, and end the working thread.

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Figure 5

Embellishments

1. Add a comfortable length of thread (How-Tos) to the end of the base with the toggle ring, and exit the top hole of the end SuperDuo with your needle pointing away from the beadwork (FIGURE 5, point a).

2. Pick up three 2 x 4 mm peanut beads, and sew through the top hole of the next SuperDuo, the bottom hole of the following SuperDuo, and the top hole of the same SuperDuo (a–b). Repeat this stitch for the length of the base, ending and adding thread as needed.

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Figure 6

3.  Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the top hole of the corresponding SuperDuo on the other side of the base. Pick up three peanuts, and sew through the top hole of the next SuperDuo. Continue through the bottom hole of the same SuperDuo and the top hole of the following SuperDuo, creating a mirror image of the first side (FIGURE 6). Repeat this stitch for the length of the base.

4. Sew through the beadwork to exit the first three peanuts added on the first side of the base.

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Figure 7

5.  Pick up three 11/0s, a 3 mm Crystaletts button, and three 11/0s. Sew through the corresponding peanut on the other side of the base (FIGURE 7, a–b). 

6. Pick up three peanuts, and sew through the nearest peanut in the next set of three (b–c). Pick up three 11/0s, sew through the button, pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the corresponding peanut on the first side of the base (c–d).

7. Pick up three peanuts, and sew through the nearest peanut in the previous set of three (d–e). Cross the band diagonally by sewing through the next three 11/0s, the button, the following three 11/0s, and the next three peanuts (e–f).

8. Repeat steps 5–7 for the length of the base, and end the thread.

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